NEWSLETTER – 25 June 2018

Celebrating our 100th issue

View some of the highlights on the journey the association has had and don't forget to read the news archive ...

A warm welcome to our new members

  • Achas Safari Africa Magazine's primary focus is to make sure that African tourism products and services are promoted across the continent.
  • Arts and Crafts at Greenlyn is a market with a difference, close to central Tshwane, this market has something for everybody.
  • Burden Swart and Botha's Attorneys take the burden out of your legal work.
  • Diamond X Ranch prides itself in providing customers with a tranquil ranch atmosphere, which is surprisingly close to city life.
  • Huaweng Business Services offer travel and tourism advisory and consulting services to drive sustainable growth and competitiveness.
  • Ritswako Game Lodge is the right place to visit should you be looking for tranquillity and peace of mind.

Tshwane to host the first ever World Choir Games in Africa

The City of Tshwane won the bid in December 2015 and received the flag in June 2016 to host the 10th World Choir Games at various venues from 4 – 14 July 2018.

The aim of the choir games is to bring nations to sing together and to showcase SA choral traditions through celebration concerts. Participating countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia; Herzegovina; Brazil; Bulgaria; Canada; Croatia; Cuba; Czech; Democratic Republic of Congo; Denmark; China; Gabon; Germany; Gibraltar; Ghana; Great Britain; Greece; Indonesia; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lithuania; Namibia; Netherlands; Nigeria; Norway; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Republic of the Congo; Russia; Singapore; Slovakia; South Africa; Sweden; Sri Lanka; Switzerland; USA and Zimbabwe.

The event is anticipated to bring more than 29 000 visitors to the city and the rest of the country during the 11 days of the World Choir Games. There will be various celebration concerts including the Nelson Mandela Tribute concert which will take place at the Freedom Park. This is indeed exciting for our city and we welcome the visitors and participants to Tshwane!

For more information on this event, visit the website.

Protea Hotels by Marriott announces expansion of popular hotel in Pretoria

Following a major construction project worth approximately R120 million that started in May 2017, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Hatfield has opened its additional facilities on 1 June 2018. The construction brings an entire new building to the hotel property, and incorporates a number of new amenities for guests to enjoy.

According to Volker Heiden, VP of Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa, "We have seen significant growth in Pretoria, which has created the demand for greater accommodation. This is particularly true of the suburb of Hatfield, a popular location for both business and residential reasons. Its location near to the University of Pretoria, the Loftus Versfeld Rugby Stadium, the city centre and the many embassies, makes this a suburb with plenty of traveller traffic."

The hotel's location is also particularly accessible to travellers – just a 35-minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport and equally close to Lanseria International Airport, it is also within walking distance of the Hatfield Gautrain Station.

After adding 85 bedrooms, the hotel now boasts a total of 204 bedrooms. Other new features are the African Restaurant and Bar, additional conference rooms, a gym and a games room. The conference facilities allow for the hotel to host up to 220 delegates.

"With this new building, the hotel has become even more attractive to both leisure and business travellers," explains Danny Bryer, Area Director for Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management at Protea Hotels by Marriott and African Pride Hotels. "Not many people realise how significant the city of Pretoria is in terms of foreign representatives, such as embassies and consulates," he explains. "In fact, after Washington DC, it is the location of the second most foreign representative bodies, and many of them are to be found in Hatfield. This is bound to continue to grow as a significant source of the hotel's business."

The opening of the new building will hopefully bring additional growth to the developing city of Pretoria.

Voortrekker Monument heritage site now cashless

The Management of the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site, the Monument Restaurant and the gift shop, Die Afrikander, have decided to implement cashless systems on site in accordance with international trends.

The move towards a cashless system is beneficial for both the company and the consumer as it is time and cost effective, offers better management control, decreases risk and can reduce queuing times. The Monument is a declared Grade 1 National Heritage Site and is visited by people from across the world; therefore we need to make it as accessible as possible.

According to Ms Cecilia Kruger, Managing Director, visitors who only have cash at their disposal, will definitely not be turned away, but the VTM requests that visitors rather consider paying with either a debit or credit card or to purchase tickets online.

The VTM has been making use of an online ticket booking facility for some time now: Ticket buyers on Tixsa can now also pay by means of an EFT. For more information in this regard visit the following link:

Tickets may also be purchased on the VTM website or on their Facebook page @Voortrekkermon.

Market @ the Sheds #YoungatHeart

It's a mindset! Come play at this month's edition of Market @ the Sheds #YoungatHeart! The market will be going big with all the brave and young people of all ages with a day of music, song and celebration - with a few surprises in between.

There will be some of the best local bands to look forward to: Crimson House Trio, Jerry And The Bandits, Mo and black pepper band, Silver Creek Mountain Band, Thabiso Thabethe and Duduzile Nozi Makhoba. The market is also getting ready for the World Choir Games with a special performance by Cantus Firmus, a phenomenal Brazilian choir who will be competing in the Olympics of choirs taking place in Tshwane in July. Our resident DJ Chievosky Mphati The 13th will wrap up the evening.

As always the best street foods, art, fashion and design to indulge in. Come and enjoy!

The 7th International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennial Conference

The ITSA 2018 Conference has announced its first Call for Papers and contributions. This conference will be hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA) in the City of Tshwane, from 6-10th August 2018. This conference will coincide with the 2nd Tourism Educators South Africa (TESA) International Conference. The conference is proudly sponsored by the South African National Convention Bureau, Gauteng Tourism Authority and the City of Tshwane.

ITSA Biennial conferences have only once been held outside of the Asia-Pacific region, and never before in Africa. The conference will take place in a world-class facility, the International Conference Centre (CSIR) and will give you the opportunity to experience true South African hospitality.

For more information, visit the ITSA 2018 website.

Recommended reading

In the Accommodation Management space: LittleHotelier Resource Hub
In the Attractions Management space: Attractions Africa
General Tourism news: Tourism Update
Labour: SA Labour Guide

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Hotel Show Africa, 24–26 June 2018, Johannesburg
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